Ben Ridley – Coconut Oil (TEASER)
Ben Ridley teases the release of his fiery Music Video for unheard song “Coconut Oil”, the track is best described as a sensual, rap ballad, love song; in which Ridley tries to raise the confidence in a young love interest played by Portia Freno who starred in Adam Deacon’s “ANUVAHOOD”.The twenty eight second clip is enough to let us know the full version of Coconut OIl is going to be an incredible experience.
Ben Ridley’s work makes you feel as if you were floating in the ocean at night time staring at the moon, for the most part it’s very introspective and chilled but Ben makes sure the listener takes a great dose of encouragement and self-assurance. You’re likely to think about your love lost, the way life tries to knock you down and how strong you are for resisting and standing tall all at once while listening to Ben Ridley.
Ben Ridley is currently working on a project that will be called “THINGS I’VE BEEN WANTING TO TELL YOU”, at this current time Ben is frequently releasing songs as part of an audio series named “Can You See It”. This series includes songs such as “SuperLoner”, “The Field” “Everybody Leaves” and “For the Gods”
Ben’s most hard hitting release this year, in which he responds to J hus’ “you can’t eat pum pum and try draw my zoot” while simultaneously touching on the issue of skin tone in the black community; the beat produced by Ben’s fellow TNGR comrade and long-time collaborator Cyrus will make you bob your head without intending to. From start to end Ben MURDERS this beat “thinking ’bout my dreams I wonder if I can afford ’em, pray to God that looking at the price is not my portion”. Every verse is filled with lines to make you do the surprised emoji face, like when Ben uses one simile to tell you he will end winning in life AND let you know he thinks female rapper MS BANKS is sexy, all in one cheeky line. Ben Ridley is a force to be reckoned with.
Everybody Leaves sees Ben in a very emotional state expressing the fatigue he feels from playing the game of love only to lose repeatedly, the Cyrus produced beat is very chilling yet the percussion give it a grime/skepta like bounce that makes the track feel more like Ben is gaining confidence to be alone rather than being super soppy. The vocals and lyrics contributed by Cruise City further establish “Say you wanna leave, then f**king leave”; as does the chorus written and performed by Ben Ridley in which he groans “Hurry up and leave me on my own, all on my own ‘cos everybody leaves me on my own”.
For The Gods feels like Erykah Badhu, Chris Martin and Kid Cudi gave birth to an audio baby, the lyrics touch on everyday human relationships, race issues and self-image within the black community and religious/spiritual ideology all without coming across preachy or being completely un-relatable. Cyrus produced a beat that will leave you feeling as if you are high while the vocals from Ben Ridley and Abigail Kwakye massage your soul.
The Field shows Ben Ridley’s almost passive aggressive side yet the track is melodic and vibey think septa meets kid cudi, very British, very blunt lyrically, very, very wavy. This track is produced by TNGR affiliate and Grands Hill member Cruise City; Ben expresses his dislike for small talk and pretentious people whilst experimenting with different cadences and very interesting flows.
Ben Ridley displays a shocking amount of honesty in his songs that will both grab the ear of the listener and probably make them feel comforted knowing they too do/think the same way. Ben Ridley is quite like a rap Bob Dylan in that he is always saying a lot of deep and meaningful things in his songs yet he does not neglect the music and melody, making his music easy and enjoyable to listen to first and foremost.
Artist Name: Ben Ridley
Where to find: soundcloud, bandcamp. youtube
From: South East London Peckham
Description: Ben Ridley is about self-realisation, romance, encouragement, self-improvement, social commentary and discussing philosophies on spirituality and humanity
Ben Ridley has had a lot of radio play on stations like On Top fm from Mr Barz, Dejavu Fm from Dj Lukan and Miss Hindz
Contact: [email protected]